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Mayra Bermeo

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Education:
B.A., Biology, Wells College, 2013
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2017

Position just prior to MAPP:
Veterinary Assistant/ Office Manager for the International Animal Clinic. Practicing Wildlife Rehabilitator for the Wild Bird Fund

What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
Immediately after graduating from college I was employed as Veterinary Assistant for a small animal clinic and gradually promoted as Office Manager. In my free time I volunteered for NYC’s first wildlife rehabilitation center, Wild Bird Fund, while working towards obtaining a license as a Wildlife rehabilitator.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
Upon reading an article about the works of Steven Wise, animal lawyer and founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project, I had a eureka moment. At the time I knew veterinary medicine would not completely fulfill my incentive to become a public servant for animal welfare. I immediately began to research programs related to animal public policy—hence Tuft’s Master’s Program of Animal Public Policy!

Interests in and experience with animals
My earliest childhood memory always revolved around cats and parakeets, which was not always the best mix. My very first job was basically recording the number of piping plovers in the Rockaway beaches of NY. Since then I became very curious and marveled about birds and cats. However, upon learning about Steven Wise and Peter Singer, I realized it was a curiosity beyond animal behavior—it was about their current and changing place in society.

What are your outside interests?
I enjoy yoga, calligraphy, bird watching and watching a good comedy show.

Number of pets? What?
I currently live with three Domestic Shorthair (DSH) cats who were rescued from my neighborhood.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Let us revisit the way we place animals in society and have a conversation that challenges anthropomorphism and speciesism.

MS in Animals and Public Policy Student Externship and Research Poster Presentations 2017

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